Year One of ‘Peer Advising Consults’ viewed as success

Students in the new Peer Advising Consultants program (PAC) have just completed their first successful year as peer advisers. According to Darrel Renier, director of Academic Advising, and Associate Prof. Denise Bartell, director of the Center for Students in Transition, who developed the program, the peer advisers assisted their fellow students by facilitating SIS demonstrations, reaching out to newly admitted students, connecting to first-year programming such as Majors Fair and FYS/GPS sections, and by answering basic advising questions. The plan is to expand the program next year to include students representing additional academic programs and to add a transfer peer adviser. The overall objective is to continue to improve retention and recruitment by bridging students to majors/minors, increasing student support and educating students about the important role campus advising plays in reducing time to degree while increasing academic success. “Academic Advising and Dr. Bartell would like to thank our P.A.C. members Allee Schramm, Morgan Jandrin, Trevor Copeland and Miranda Michaelis for a great year.”
 

Academic Advising and Phoenix GPS team up for ‘peer advising’

For what is believed to be the first time in its existence, UW-Green Bay is making use of peer advisers. The PAC people (Peer Advising Consultants) represent a collaborative effort between the Office of Academic Advising and the Phoenix GPS Program. The advisers, a group of four sophomores who completed the GPS program last year, will be available to assist students with basic registration questions, provide information about campus resources, and serve as student representatives of Academic Advising. Director Darrel Renier says that, in addition to providing a valuable advising resource for students on campus, the PAC program provides second-year students with a valuable high-impact experience, and is part of a broader effort to improve sophomore retention on campus. The PAC will be doing pre-registration sessions and assisting during drop-in hours beginning next week. A link to more information about the peer advisers can be found at www.uwgb.edu/advising/staff/.